Crafter’s Spotlight: Glass Heart Art

Welcome to my workshop!

 ​Glass Heart Art​


Who are you and what do you do? 

My name is Liz Barton and I am a stained glass artist​


How and why did you get started with your craft? 

 I have been making stained glass for around 18 years, it all started at a local night school class and I haven’t stopped since​

I set up my own business Glass Heart Art in 2013​

I work in the traditional way using lead came, I also work with copper foil​

I am happy to take on commissions for any kind of project and also do restoration work

What’s your favourite thing to do/place in Bristol?

My roots are in Bristol and I am very proud to be Bristolian​

I especially love being around the docks​

What’s your favourite item you have made or to make?

My favorite recent pieces I have made would have to be the Bristol Suspension Bridge at sunset and in starlight



If you could switch your discipline and be instantly good at another craft, what would you choose and why? 

If I could choose a different craft ​other than stained glass it would probably silver smithing/jewellery as I could take a lot of my designs into this field…and I do love silver!



Where can we find you online? 

I am based in BS5 Redfield Bristol and my studio is at home​

Examples of my work can be found on my website www.glassheartart.uk

my facebook page www.facebook.com/glassheartart

or my etsy shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GlassHeartArt ​

I also exhibit and sell my work in Phoenix Glass Gallery on High St – Near St. Nicholas Market

Crafter’s Spotlight: Roaring Stitches

Welcome to my workshop!

WithKerri from Roaring Stitches 

Who are you and what do you do? 

I’m a Bristol based Mummy that loves anything crafty. We moved to Bristol when I was 5 months pregnant with my little girl 2 years ago and I love this city. I’ve recently started my business Roaring Stitches selling handcrafted hair and baby accessories made from felt, leather, fabric and crochet.

How and why did you get started with your craft? 

I started crocheting when my daughter was small to keep my mind active whilst on maternity leave. Several hats and blankets later and I wanted to make something a little more fun, so I started playing with flower designs. I started crocheting flower headbands for my little girl. From there my love of mixed media infused with my imagination and I started playing around with different styles and textures until I developed the range that I have available today. I love working with the fantastic smell of leather, the softness of wool felt, and what girl doesn’t love glitter particularly glitter fabric.

My hairbows aren’t just for children though, our toddler headbands fit adults too which is great for when you’re wanting to quickly glam up an outfit. Our hairclips are great for keeping your hair off your face when out with the buggy too. Leather bows are a particular favourite among teenagers, adorning their high bun updos.

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Describe your work space and a general day of working for you.

My work space is currently a desk in the corner of our spare bedroom, but I dream of the day I have a lovely craft summer house at the bottom of the garden. Everyday the sun comes around the front of the house where I work and it really lifts your mood and I’m definitely more creative on those days. As I don’t have a dedicated room for my craft I have to steal space where I can, my partner has made me dedicated storage for all my yarn above our wardrobe so every morning it’s the first thing I see.

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I work full-time as an IT Consultant, so my general day starts by getting my toddler up and dressed, then we eat our breakfast together before taking her to the childminders. I then work my day-job, checking for any orders or enquiries on my lunchbreak. I pick my daughter up around 5pm and we follow the usual dinner/bedtime routine with the help from my partner. I then get to do all things crafty from around 8pm until midnight, completing orders and creating new designs.

What’s your favourite item you have made or to make? 

My favourite item has to be my oversized chunky glitter bows, they look fantastic in a half-up/half-down pony tail, or on a high bun. They’re made using non-shedding glitter fabric so you don’t end up with little flecks all over the place, but they make you feel like a complete Princess when you wear them.

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What’s your favourite thing to do/place in Bristol?

We really enjoy going to the Kingfisher Cafe in Fishponds with our daughter for lunch at the weekend, they do a fantastic Sunday roast or all day breakfast. They also support local artists and crafters. If the weather is good my favourite thing to do though is to climb up Hanham Hills with my little family and see how far we can see.

If you could switch your discipline and be instantly good at another craft, what would you choose and why? 

I’d love to be able to draw, I can doodle and love adult colouring books. But to be able to see something and instantly be able to draw it would be an amazing gift.

Where can we find you online? 

You can find our Etsy shop at http://www.roaringstitches.etsy.com or find you can also find RoaringStitches on Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.

Crafter’s Spotlight: Sunday Best

Welcome to my workshop!
 
With Sunday Best
 
Who are you and what do you do? 
I make bags, purses and jewellery from vintage and upcycled fabrics.
 
How and why did you get started with your craft?  
A few years ago I was putting an outfit together for an event and had an idea in my head for a clutch purse I wanted. I couldn’t find anything remotely similar in any shop so I embarked on a project making my ideal purse. After a few attempts I ended up with the perfect clutch purse to go with my outfit. From that point on I was addicted to making purses and Sunday Best was born! 
 
I’m a hoarder of vintage fabrics so I only use vintage and upycled fabrics for my items as I love turning them into something new. This means I only make limited runs of each of my items and many are one-of-a-kind.

Describe your work space and a general day of working for you.
I work at home and use my dining room. It’s bright and airy and I can look out on my garden while I’m working!
What’s your favourite item you have made or to make? 
I’ve just started to make a new style of clutch purse which is currently my favourite. However, I’ve now started on a design for an oversized wood-framed clutch which is fast becoming my new favourite thing.
If you could switch your discipline and be instantly good at another craft, what would you choose and why?
I’m really enjoying working with wooden purse frames at the moment so I’d love to be good at woodwork.
What’s your favourite thing to do/place in Bristol?
I really love the shops starting on Gloucester Road going all the way down to Stokes Croft. There’s a great range of independent shops and some great bars and restaurants too.
 
 Where can we find you online? 
 

Crafter’s Spotlight: Phoenix Needlecraft

  Welcome to my workshop!
With Phoenix Needlecraft
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Who are you and what do you do? 
I run an embroidery design business currently specialising in New Quality Cross Stitch Designs and manufacture my own cross stitch kits.  I have also recently started to develop machine embroidery designs for quilt squares and towels which can be customised to produce special unique items.
How and why did you get started with your craft? 
I love cross stitch design and decided last year to share my passion as I had an opportunity to start a business. 
Describe your work space and a general day of working for you
I work from home and my day consists of design, kit construction, administration and marketing.  I love Pinterest and often look for inspiration.
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What’s your favourite item you have made or to make? 
I love all of my designs as I put a little part of myself into each one.
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What’s your favourite thing to do/place in Bristol?
I love to go to my local tea shop on Saturday mornings to have toast and tea and ‘chill out’ for an hour.
If you could switch your discipline and be instantly good at another craft, what would you choose and why? 
Quilting would be my choice, as there are so many lovely fabrics available – I especially love fabrics that incorporate greens, purples and blues.  I would also design my own fabrics too.
Where can we find you online? 
www.phoenixneedlecraft.co.uk where I have links to Etsy, EBay and Amazon.

Crafter’s Spotlight: Jennifer Mills

Welcome to my workshop!
 
With Jennifer Mills
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Who are you and what do you do? 
Jennifer Mills. I teach people to sew in addition to designing and making bags, mainly from up-cycled off cuts and aged denim. I have a strong interest in creating with a emphasis on enjoyment, savoring the process and making a quality end product. Refashioning second hand clothes and making bags from things that may otherwise go to landfill is fun and rewarding.
 
How and why did you get started with your craft?  
I was taught to knit and sew by my mum when I was about 8 years old. I embarked on an apprenticeship in dressmaking after leaving school because art and sewing were strong subjects for me and I wanted to work rather than study. What followed has been a very interesting journey in self employment as a dressmaker, studying Fashion Design as a mature student, working as a garment technician and more recently studying Horticulture. Nature never ceases to be my main source of inspiration and my horticulture studies have brought a new energy into my work.
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Describe your work space and a general day of working for you.
I work from home in the city centre with plenty of light coming in through large sash windows in the day and lots of herbs on the window ledge. I have two sewing machines which I love for their different options of stitches and  features.
What’s your favourite item you have made or to make? 
I have a passion for working with aged denim. I’ve collected lots of worn jeans and the varying shades of blue and characteristics of each piece really appeals to me. I designed a patchwork bag using these different pieces together which is inspired by log cabin patchwork techniques and the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. I love curves!
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What’s your favourite thing to do/place in Bristol? 
I do enjoy a run/walk around the harbourside. I find the view of water uplifting as well as the interesting buildings and the planting in this area. The architecture in Corn Street and other streets in the Old City area is stunning, especially if you look up, way above street level at all the details! Shopping at St Nicholas market and the new shops and cafes in St Nicholas Street is a joy.
I enjoy a vegan diet so Bristol is fantastic for this, there are so many independents to choose from and the choice seems to be improving all the time. I’m looking forward to Vegfest later this month. 
Brandon Hill Park is always a pleasure for me to visit. I sometimes sit, looking over the city with my sketch book, then come home and sew while the ideas are fresh in my mind.
 
Where can we find you online? 
On Twitter @SewBristol.  
 
If you could switch your discipline and be instantly good at another craft, what would you choose and why? 
Probably something plant based, like floristry or willow weaving, which I admire. I think being connected to, and creating with, natural materials can be really beneficial to mind and body.  

Crafter’s spotlight: Victoria Williams-jewellery

Welcome to my workshop!

With Victoria Williams.

Who are you and what do you do?

Hi, I’m Vicky and I am a jeweler and silversmith. I work mainly with silver to create my jewellery which is inspired by objects I find on my travels. Since leaving uni I have focused mainly on jewellery making as I have all the equipment but I hope to get back into making silverware soon. I love the freedom of forging and fold forming, hitting the metal to see what happens.

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How and why did you get started with your craft?

I went back to Uni in my 30s as a mature student as I missed being creative. I was still drawing in my spare time but it wasn’t enough. I did an access course first to get me back into the swing of education which also helped me decide which direction I wanted to go.

Last year I graduated from Plymouth college of Art with a BA in Contemporary Crafts, specialising in jewellery and silversmithing.

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Describe your work space and a general day of working for you.

I’m really lucky to have an amazing husband who converted our brick shed into a workshop for me. I’m not the tidiest of people to its nice to have my own space and not have to worry that my mess in in anyone’s way! I have a heater to keep me warm in the winter and a stereo to keep me company and motivated. I have even been brushing up on my Spanish by listening to Spanish lesson CDs while I work.

My cat visits sometimes but she’s not that helpful!

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What’s your favourite item you have made or to make?

I think out of everything I have made, this bowl has to be my favourite because it was so much fun to make. I spent a long time raising a flat piece of copper in to the perfect bowl shape then stuck it in the acid etch solution and watched the acid eat away at my hard work! The blue patina gives in an amazing old and worn look and the holes create an interesting pattern on the table surface.

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I think out of everything I have made, this bowl has to be my favourite because it was so much fun to make. I spent a long time raising a flat piece of copper in to the perfect bowl shape then stuck it in the acid etch solution and watched the acid eat away at my hard work! The blue patina gives in an amazing old and worn look and the holes create an interesting pattern on the table surface.

What’s your favourite thing to do/place in Bristol? 

I don’t know Bristol that well as I currently live in Cornwall but I am moving to the area in the summer and really looking forward to exploring some more. When I do visit Bristol I enjoy wandering around the markets, sampling the lovely food and finding the small independent shops. I love the feel and creative buzz of Bristol.

Where can we find you online? 

www.victoria-williams.net

https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaWilliamsSilver?ref=hl

Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VWilliamsDesigns?ref=search_shop_redirect

Twitter: @victoria_plums

Instagram: victoriaplums

If you could switch your discipline and be instantly good at another craft, what would you choose and why?  

Ah there’s so much I want to do! I did glass blowing in my first year of uni and absolutely loved it. I would also like to be able to crochet, I have tried but just can’t get the hang of it.

Crafter’s spotlight: Mama Bears Skin Care

 

Welcome to my workshop!
With MamaBears Skincare
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Who are you and what do you do?
 
I run workshops and parties where I teach people how to make their own natural skincare products. Anyone from 5 to 95 can learn how to craft their own handmade, personalised products at a fraction of the cost of shop-bought items.
How and why did you get started with your craft?
 
I first started learning about natural skincare when I found out I was pregnant and began to think about what I was putting on my skin and what I would happy using on my baby. From there, I continued to make my own products and add to what I could already make, before realising I would love to teach other people to do the same. I then began MamaBears, where I not only show people how easy it is to make your own products, but equip them with the knowledge and tools to continue at home.
 
Describe your work space and a general day of working for you 
 
A general workday includes dropping my son off at nursery at 8.45am and then beavering away until I have to go and pick him up at 3.30pm. I usually deal with admin and social media tasks in the morning, or head out to the shops to replenish my supplies. After that I am usually found making and concocting in the kitchen. Currently, my workspace involves taking everything out of the cupboards in my bedroom where I store it and bringing it down to the kitchen where you will find me creating all sorts of things before I pack it all back up again. I am moving house soon and I cannot wait to have my own little office space and room to store all my resources.
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What’s your favourite item you have made or to make?
 
My favourite item to make is my cocoa body butter. I use it every day on myself, it is so quick and easy to make and as I suffer from dry skin, it is brilliant for sorting it out and making it feel smooth and supple. 
 

If you could switch your discipline and be instantly good at another craft, what would you choose and why?
 
I would love to be able to knit. I have tried to learn many times and I’m not patient enough, but I love how beautiful and cherished home-knitted items can be.
What’s your favourite thing to do/place in Bristol?
 
I am relatively new to Bristol and haven’t had a chance to explore many places yet but living in Easton, I love St Mark’s road, especially the cafes and charity shops.
 
Where can we find you online?
 
You can find me on Facebook at MamaBears and on twitter @mama_bears1